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Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has appointed food and drug attorney Dana Mullen to its regulatory team. Mullen will work with FMI Chief Regulatory Officer Stephanie Barnes to help guide the trade organization’s public policy and regulatory efforts.
Before joining FMI, Mullen was an associate attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Keller and Heckman LLP, where she advised domestic and foreign clients regarding compliance with global food additives and food-packaging regulations. She also aided clients with submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), addressing food-contact substances and processes used in post-consumer recycled plastics. Prior to that, Mullen was a summer associate for the firm’s food and drug and environmental practice groups.
She additionally gained experience at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an honors law clerk and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a researcher. Having earned her B.S. in packaging science from Clemson University and graduated Wake Forest University School of Law, she is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
According to SVP of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Hatcher, Mullen “will certainly complement FMI’s talent and experience advising its member companies on federal rules across our industry’s priority issues.”
FMI’s U.S. members operate almost 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. The association offers resources and benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and globally.